It may not matter for graduate salaries, but for reputation, rankings are king. So, the Group of Eight (Go8) will be chuffed to see that they have not only maintained their excellence in the latest global ratings; they have enhanced it.
Released today, the 2019 QS World University Rankings revealed that a majority of featured Australian universities have intensified their research impact, on the basis of citations per faculty.
While Australia’s top-ranked university, ANU, fell four places to 24th, overall, our institutions improved. Fifteen rose, 12 fell, and 10 held steady. The majority of the improved institutions belong to the Go8.
|QS World University Rankings 2019: Top Australian 10|
|24||20||Australian National University (ANU)|
|39||41=||The University of Melbourne|
|42||50||The University of Sydney|
|45||45||The University of New South Wales (UNSW)|
|48||47=||The University of Queensland (UQ)|
|91||93=||The University of Western Australia (UWA)|
|114||109=||The University of Adelaide|
|160=||176||University of Technology Sydney (UTS)|
|214=||224=||University of Newcastle|
Per usual, the UK and the US dominated the top 10, taking out all spots bar one: filled by Switzerland. They were also preeminent in the rankings generally. Notably, however, Australia had the third-most institutions in the top 50.
QS identified two variables that Australia scored relatively poorly in: Academic Reputation and Faculty/Student Ratio. In explaining the former, it speculated that it is not the result of an Australian decline. Rather, it reflects the growing repute of other nations’ institutions. In regards to the latter variable, which indicates ‘meaningful interaction’ between students and faculties, they note that Australian universities experienced the most severe drop on this measure.
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